• Kell FPD responds to garbage truck fire

    by  • May 2, 2013

    According to Kell fire Chief Lonnie McDaneld, Kell firefighters responded to a call Wednesday afternoon of a garbage truck on fire.   Upon arrival at State Route 37, just south of State Route 161, firefighters discovered the truck box was carrying a load of building material that had caught fire.   Firefighters were able...

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    IDOC director says pay raises based on merit

    by  • May 2, 2013

     Responding to a recent story regarding pay increases within the Illinois Department of Corrections, agency Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez, says the suggestion that four of his former administrators were “given” their pay increases was inaccurate. “The suggestion that anything was “given” to these executives is inaccurate and ignores the fact that each was promoted...

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    Boswell receives Rotary Service Award

    by  • May 1, 2013

    Retired Centralia physician Dee. C. Boswell has been awarded the Rotary’s prestigious Service Above Self Award, according to District Governor Thomas H. Ripperda. One of only 150 made out of Rotary’s 1.2 million worldwide members, the award was announced Saturday during Rotary District 6510′s annual District Assembly in Carterville. Ripperda had nominated Boswell for...

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    Report: Ill. coal enjoyed record exports in 2012

    by  • May 1, 2013

    A new state report that Illinois coal once shunned for its high sulfur content is enjoying record demand overseas. The Illinois Office of Coal Development said Wednesday that the report it had done by Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. showed that 13 million tons of Illinois coal was exported last year. That’s a five-fold increase...

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    Six health insurers apply for Illinois marketplace

    by  • May 1, 2013

    Illinois officials say they’ve received applications from six insurance carriers that want to sell 165 health policies on the online insurance marketplace that’s a cornerstone of the nation’s new health care law. Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement Wednesday he’s “very encouraged” multiple plans are being offered. But the number of proposals is...

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    IDOC administrators retire with sweetened pensions

    by  • May 1, 2013

    According to reports, today Illinois Department of Corrections Executive Chief Jerry Buscher joins the ranks of three other top IDOC administrators who preceded him in retirement earlier this year. In addition to Buscher, former Deputy Chief of Operations Kevin Gilson; Chief of Staff Luke Hartigan and Chief of Investigations and Intelligence Larry Beck have...

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